Agra, May 30: After an interval of twelve years, the ministry of tourism is all set to hike ticket price to visit Taj Mahal. The new rates, expected to come into effect any time next month, will be Rs 40 for Indians and Rs 1,250 for foreigners, up substantially from the present Rs 20 and Rs 750 respectively.
Sources said the hike in entry fees will be enforced at all the centrally protected monuments across the country. The new rates are expected to come into effect any time next month.
After the entry fee amount is revised, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) — the agency responsible for the preservation of such monuments — will collect Rs 30 from Indian nationals and Rs 750 from overseas visitors.
But unlike the rest of the country, Taj Mahal’s visitors will have to pay even more due to an additional toll levied by the Agra Development Authority (ADA). The civic agency charges Rs 10 from domestic travelers and Rs 500 from foreigners as toll tax.
To surmise, a domestic tourist will have to pay Rs 40 (Rs 30+10), while a foreigner will have to dole out Rs 1,250 (Rs750+500) to enter the marble monument.
ASI said this is the first hike in ticket prices in 12 years. “The increase in entry fee was much-needed as maintenance costs have spiraled manifold during the past few years,” said an archaeological body official.
The official said only time will tell if the rise in ticket fee would impact tourist inflow to the Taj.